Accused teen goes to police

Break-ins, homicide under investigation

Staff WriterOctober 25, 2007 

— A teenager wanted by police as a suspect in two break-ins surrendered to authorities Wednesday, and detectives are trying to determine whether he is connected to other crimes, including a recent homicide.

Vincent Ramone Sowell Jr., 17, turned himself in at the Durham County Magistrate's Office. Sowell, of Pecan Place, is charged with taking jewelry from a home in the 100 block of Denver Drive on Oct. 8 and stealing cash from a residence on the 2600 block of Duke Homestead Road the next day.

Sowell was convicted in July of soliciting to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in Guilford County. He was found guilty of possessing drug paraphernalia in Durham County in January. Sowell has had robbery, weapon and resisting arrest charges dismissed and is awaiting a decision on drug, assault and robbery charges. He remained in the Durham County jail Wednesday with bail set at $5,000.

The Denver Drive home that Sowell is accused of robbing is in the Bragtown area, which has had a rash of break-ins in recent months. It is also where 89-year-old Charles Forest Davis was found stabbed to death in his Nellowood Street home Sept. 26.

Durham County investigators have expressed optimism about the homicide case, saying that they've received good tips and evidence, but as of late Wednesday there had been no arrests. Durham police have been sharing information with the Sheriff's Office regarding break-ins and other crimes in the northern Durham neighborhood.

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